Is there a ray of hope for WKRP??

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  1. Randy B A

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    you can count me in for paying extra to get this series on DVD.
     
  2. Gord Lacey

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    Yes, that set just came out, but it took years to clear the music for the release. When I was at Broadway Video I asked them about season sets of SNL and they basically said "No way." Not only would they have to clear the music, but also the guest stars. So that means 2 songs and at least 1 actor for every episode in a season. The amount of time they would pay lawyers would make this an expensive set!

    Gord
     
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    Hi - I recently sent an email to the fine folks at Shout! Factory asking them about the possibility of Shout licensing WKRP for DVD release. The respose follows...



    Possibly good news. I guess we'll just have to stay tuned like they said! [​IMG]
     
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    Good to see this thread resurrected with the update on status.

    My best memory is Bailey wandering the sudio halls late at night, after being stood up by Johnny, and hearing Earth, Wind & Fire's "After the Love is Gone" playing on the monitor. [​IMG]

    To replace that song with any other because of some greedy present-day copyright holder would be a crime against TV history! [​IMG]
     
  5. HenryDuBrow

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    I consider myself a hardcore WKRP fan but the turkey episode isn't even in my Top 10, too many other genius and funny stories. I'd gladly pay a lot more than $10 extra, I love this show, I'd even buy it at $50 ! And I'd probably buy more than one copy too. A superb cult show like this deserves to be out on DVD. Wouldn't Fox make a whole bunch of money if they actually priced it very high and only, or mainly, diehard fans buying it ? Uncut episodes is the most important thing to me, then comes the music. A new documentary would be nice, and commentaries would be hilarious ! I have no doubts it would sell a lot better than MTM whose age group buys less DVDs than those into WKRP, I'm sure. It's only 4 seasons and we want them complete, come on Fox, and no best-of stuff like New Video's VHS pack. Thanx. [​IMG]
     
  6. AndrewCrossett

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    I agree that if it's only a matter of $10 per season, that wouldn't even cause me to hesitate.

    I'd probably be willing to go as high as $150 a season for these sets, but I know it couldn't make a profit at such a high price point. Anything under $100, though, should be OK.

    If they only get the first season released and then pull the plug, that's still better than nothing, because so many of the best episodes were from the first season.
     
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    Goes for WHO'S THE BOSS ? anyway; the first season was the best, and that's what's out now.
     
  8. Jaime_Weinman

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    I actually agree with this; "Turkeys Away" was one of the earliest episodes and they were still working some of the bugs out in terms of writing and pacing. There are some slow patches up until the actual turkey drop. But that scene, and the final line of the episode, deserves its fame.

    What's more important is that "Turkeys Away" is by far the most popular episode of the show, which means that if (and I'm saying if) WKRP's first season got released, it would not have the problem of, say, Mary Tyler Moore Show, where the most famous episodes were not in the first season. Other extremely famous WKRP episodes that were in the first season: the "Fish Story" episode where Johnny's reflexes get faster every time he takes a drink and Herb walks around in a fish suit (which creator Hugh Wilson, ironically, wrote as his idea of a deliberately bad episode!), the "Hoodlum Rock" episode with the British band Scum of the Earth, and the tornado episode.

    Basically, though, all four seasons were great.
     
  9. Henry Gale

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    Me too, and I want to hear Jan Smithers stoned rendition of the "N-E-S-T-L-E-S" song again.
     
  10. John*P

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    I don't like WKRP enough to buy it on DVD, but I would definitely be willing to pay extra for season sets of The Wonder Years and Malcolm in the Middle.
     
  11. Peter McM

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    I also enjoy the two-parter where that sleazy photographer takes nude pics of Jennifer. That ribbing between Andy and Bailey was priceless!

    "How about a champagne cocktail?"[​IMG]
     
  12. Linda Thompson

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    I'd pay practically anything the distributor wanted/needed to charge for pristine, complete, and unaltered WKRP season sets...

    As for favorite episodes, I do love the Thanksgiving ep, but possibly my all-time favorite is the 4th-season 2-parter "An Explosive Affair" -- about the bomb threat. Johnny's whole "phone cops" paranoia bit was absolutely brilliant, as was the whole writing and pacing of that episode. It ran the gamut from side-splitting humor to tear-jerking tragedy, when Jennifer and Andy got the news that the transmitter had been blown up (and, Johnny and Venus with it, or so they thought). I also loved the other storyline, about Mr. Carlson and his former receptionist.

    First-season faves include "Turkeys Away", the aforementioned "A Fish Story", as well as "Preacher" (brilliant!), "Hold Up" and "A Commercial Break". (I can still sing that funeral jingle!)

    One of my all-time favorite ensemble casts, along with WINGS. (That's another one for which I'd pay basically whatever they wanted to charge.)
     
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    I would've bought the MTM show if I had'nt just finished watching it on nick at nite for several years and again for a couple of years on tvland. And then that really butt awful tv movie "Mary & Rhoda" really cooled my interest after that.
    Besides there were other shows that I wanted more.
    I'd buy a WKRP set if it was priced at $30-$50.
    But if it's like the Incredible Hulk set (And I love the hulk too.) which only has 18 episodes and NO extras at all for $69 then I'll probably have to wait.
    But it has restored or added material then I would pay extra. Having Jan Smithers on dvd would be worth it! I'm a Bailey fan too!! [​IMG]
    I'd love to have all of the MTM shows but I'd rather have The Bob Newhart Show and WKRP on dvd more though.
     
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    Ten Bucks?

    We're living in the era of $100 Star Trek and they're worried about a miserable TEN BUCKS?!

    What a world ... [​IMG]
     
  15. Casey Trowbridg

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    As was mentioned earlier in this thread, the actual cost increase might not be $10. That was a hypethetical scenario placed in the article by the Fox Exec. It could be a lot more than that depending on how much it would cost them to license all the music and how many units they planned on selling.

    I agree, if it were only 10 bucks than I wouldn't have a problem...but they really don't know, or at least haven't said for sure how much the actual cost increase might be.
     
  16. Glenn Overholt

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    Maybe that's the question and therein lies the problem.

    If they could guarantee $10 ok, but they won't know until they are done. What if they got halfway down the list and it came to ten? Would we go for twenty? Thirty? Forty? Exactly how high would we go?

    Glenn
     
  17. Jaime_Weinman

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    My own view is that a WKRP season set would cost somewhere in the range of the SCTV set from Shout! Factory. (If Shout! released WKRP itself, this would definitely be the case, but that's still a long shot.) SCTV seems to be selling well at that price and I think WKRP would too.
     
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    I loved the tornado episode where Johnny says, "God really hates mobile homes, 'cause the tornadoes always go for them first and then they get really mobile." [​IMG] Count me in for season sets of WKRP with the original music, even if the cost reaches Star Trek levels.
     
  19. Casey Trowbridg

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    Something else to consider besides the fact that we don't reall know what kind of costs we'd be dealing with and that includes price increases...

    It is also one thing to say on an internet forum that you'd be willing to pay X amount of dollars for this set, and then something completely different to actually pay X amount of dollars for the set. In some cases for some people they might say they'd pay X amount of dollars, but if the set actually saw a release whether or not they actually did it would/could depend largely on what else is being released at the same time and so on and so forth.

    So while I think its good to keep this issue on the minds of the studio I think it will take a bit more than a bunch of people on the internet claiming to be more than willing to pay more for the set to actually convince the studio that it would be worth their while.
     
  20. AndrewCrossett

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    WKRP is my favorite TV show of all time. I would be willing to go without beer to afford these sets. For as long as it took!
     

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